wood firing tiles

30 11 2008

I made a set of simple tiles using only self-made sprial wire cutter and Jalan Bahar local white clay last year and fired them in the electric kiln. I brushed iron oxide and blue slip into the grooves to give it some colours. I did not quite like the end result as they were less intense and the colours were dull. Out of these four tiles, two are re-fired in the wood kiln and two are fired once in the electric kiln. The shrinkage is quite visible too. Can you spot the difference?

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The colours of these tiles are now very rich and intense from the ash and salt glaze produced by the wood firing. Only wood firing will yield such unpredictable result.

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A close up of one of the tiles shows the variations in textures and colours from a tiny area.

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